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Chicago-area businesses on opposite sides of tariff battle

Tariffs the Trump administration imposed last month have observers speculating about whether the U.S. is on the brink of an international trade war and economists debating the merits of free trade versus protectionism.

Closer to home, it may come down to pepperoncini versus battery packs as Chicago-area companies take sides in the escalating tariff debate.

The battle lines were drawn when President Donald Trump imposed import duties on steel and aluminum and announced a plan for tariffs on "about $60 billion" worth of Chinese imports annually. At the same time, Congress is considering a proposal

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